Data Science and Society

Harry Crane (Statistics and Biostatistics)

This seminar will expose students to the fundamental role that probabilistic and statistical reasoning plays in our understanding of the world. The seminar will feature lively discussions about how probability is used to model how humans make decisions in cognitive science and law, to determine whether a finding is ‘statistically significant’ throughout the sciences, to predict the outcome of an election in sociology and political science, to determine public policy, e.g., climate change and economic policy, and even to describe fundamental aspects of the universe in quantum mechanics.